Opinion: inflow of Syrian Armenians in Armenia may contribute to solution of country's demographic problems

Opinion: inflow of Syrian Armenians in Armenia may contribute to solution of country's demographic problems

YEREVAN, May 30. /ARKA/. The inflow of Syrian Armenians in Armenia may contribute to solution of the country's demographic problems, Gagik Harutyunyan, director of Noravank scientific and educational foundation, said Friday at a discussion of Syrian things. 

«I find it still premature to send our guys there,» he said. «This is not our war, but we ought to create conditions for our compatriots' come to settle in Armenia, since they have no other place.»   

The expert stressed that Armenian community in Syria was one of the most powerful Armenian communities in the Middle East and its role was very important. 

The Armenian community in Syria numbers at various estimates 100,000 people. The largest community is in Aleppo (60,000). Armenians also live in Damascus, Latakia and other cities. Clashes between government troops and armed opposition in Syria have forced many Armenians to flee their homes there. 
According to Armenian Diaspora Ministry, 8,000 Syrian Armenians applied for Armenian citizenship in 2011 and 2012, and 3,000 of them have already got it. -0----

16:27 30.05.2014

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